A week at Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia: 06th-12th August 2023

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Coast,_Queensland …….. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Sunshine Coast is a peri-urban region in South East Queensland, Australia. It is the district defined in 1967 as “the area contained in the Shires of Landsborough, Maroochy and Noosa, but excluding Bribie Island“.[4] Located 100 km (62 mi) north of the centre of Brisbane in South East Queensland, on the Coral Sea coastline, its urban area spans approximately 60 km (37 mi) of coastline and hinterland from Pelican Waters to Tewantin.

The area has several coastal hubs at Caloundra, Kawana Waters, Maroochydore and Noosa Heads. Nambour and Maleny have developed as primary commercial centres for the hinterland.

Since 2014, the Sunshine Coast district has been split into two local government areas, the Sunshine Coast Region and the Shire of Noosa, which administer the southern and northern parts of the Sunshine Coast respectively.

As of June 2021, with an estimated urban population of 398,840,[2] the Sunshine Coast is the fifth most populated area in Queensland and the 9th most populous in the country.[2] The population of the area has grown steadily at an average annual rate of 2.4% year-on-year over the five years to 2018.[2]


Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World

Harriet and I were offered by friends this apartment free of cost for a whole week. It turned out to be on the 5th Floor with a distant view of the sea. We would get up in the morning, have breakfast, read for a while then go out for day.

We had only been there two days and we contacted a good friend who we do not see very often, Rob who lives near Nambour. We were going to take our car and we said we like go and see the Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World.

Rob said he would pick us up in his car but said the gardens was very steep in places inside the Maleny Botanic Gardens and we would have trouble walking up and down. I don’t walk very far as of recent months as I have had a bad accident and I now use a wheelie walker to get around. We would hire one of their many golf buggies and he would drive it. This was very fortunate as some of the walks were very steep concrete driveways. The golf buggy was a great blessing as it enabled us to go to Bird World.

Our Bird World was an unforgettable experience. The five walk-through aviaries are home to over 600 native and exotic birds from around the world. Visitors can be part of a walk-through, interactive guided tour, where they will get up close and personal with the birds. We even had birds flying up to us and sitting on our heads.

On the last day we were there, we went down to Caloundra to Kings Beach. Kings Beach has a very good salt water swimming pool …… very shallow on one side and deeper on the other side. It is very good for children. Harriet (my wife) went swimming in it but she said it got so cold after a while that she almost got out.

See some of our photographs below of our time there.





Ken & Harriet having Coffee


Pioneer Cottage